I have Epilepsy. My regular dosage prior to preg was low - Lamictal, about 150mg 1x/day. I had a grand mal at 26w. They’re currently upping my dosage, and next week, I’ll finally land at 300mg/day.
My job is so extremely stressful. I work remotely for a fast-moving Silicon Valley tech company. Average age of employees = mid-20s. I used to stick out as being married - now I stick out as pregnant, ha.
My meds make me so sleepy. The headaches. My dosage still isn’t right, so I’m not driving. Can I qualify for bed rest? Or at least a note that requests bed rest, that a doctor can write, that my company's HR must acknowledge?
I’m sinking and am breaking into two as a preg 7mo woman with this job. My boss is 25yo and my HR rep is 27. I’m constantly feeling like I’m on the verge of a seizure, several times a day. Is there a way to quantify stress levels and qualify for leave?
What specifically can I say to my neurologist to get a note like this? Have any of you done this? Any advice would be so helpful. TIA!
Re: Best rest question - need advice!
If they can't work with you to reduce your work load and stress level when you're regularly on the verge of a seizure, they're unlikely to be very understanding when your baby is sick or daycare is closed or you have to take your child to a doctor's appointment. It might be worthwhile to look around and see what your other job options are.
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Talk to your doc. I'm in a similar situation (no seizures but impossibly difficult and demanding job), and have just taken a week off d/t illness. I won't step back into the office until I'm 100% well, and if the load still feels like too much my MD is MORE than ready to reduce my hours/take me out on leave.
Pregnancy is temporary and therefore any leave or reasonable accommodation you require and are legally entitled to is a temporary inconvenience to your job, why risk your health. You're not being a baby, life it unreasonable. I've seen people taken our of work on FMLA for much, much less.